Definition of purge
1: something that purges; especially : purgative
2a : an act or instance of purging
b : the removal of elements or members regarded as undesirable and especially as treacherous or disloyal
Leftists have always been into ideological cleansings. This is from DailyKos:
My wife Alice and I are not having our after-the-holidays party this year. It’s a 20+ year tradition; a welcome respite for our friends following Christmas and Hanukah. Guests always say how much they appreciate a party after the holidays and having a chance to finally relax.
This year, however, I told my Alice that Trump voters were not welcome in my home. Living in Dallas, Texas, and given the conservative bent of our friends, that meant no party. We couldn’t invite only the few people we knew who conformed to our sense of decency. We weren’t even sure where some of our neighbors stood. So we cancelled the whole affair.
In fact, I went further. I told my tennis group, whom I had known for years, I would no longer be playing with them, since most were Trump supporters. I stated that I could not socialize with people who lacked a moral compass which I consider fundamental to being American.
What has brought about such an extreme reaction in me, to the point of cutting off relationships and ceasing activities that I enjoy? It’s really not that complicated.
Immediately after the election, I was somewhat sanguine – despite the shock of “losing” an election in which my candidate won the popular vote by almost 3 million. My mother reminded me that we had survived Reagan. My sister noted that our grandmother – a proud Suffragette – had once commented: “we survived Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, The Depression and World War II; we can survive anything.”
I thought perhaps that Trump the President, might be chastened by the awesome responsibility he was about to assume – and leave behind the toxicity of his campaign rhetoric. Then, in rapid succession, three things happened that changed my mind.
First, Trump announced that Steve Bannon, of Breitbart infamy, would become a senior White House advisor. To invite such a purveyor of lies, hate and bigotry to work inside the hallowed gates of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was beyond the pale.
Every person who voted for Trump is complicit. Some, like Hillary’s deplorables, are incorrigible. Others, like our comfortable friends, chose their own pocketbooks, or their understandable distaste of Hillary Clinton, over doing what was right.
These people should have known better. Any student of history can compare current times to the rise of fascism in the 1930’s – when an electorate reeling from The Great Depression brought to power Hitler and emboldened Mussolini. The formula was eerily familiar: blame others for your own failures and turn power over to a man who pledges to restore the country to its prior greatness.
Today, restless populations in the US and Europe are traumatized by economic and social changes brought about by globalization. Many blame immigrants, minorities, elites and the media for their plight. This is now a world in which strongman elected officials like Putin, Duterte, La Pen and Hofer are enjoying surges of popularity. They wantonly attack life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – all in the name of economic retribution, law and order, and fighting terrorism.
To this menacing trend, we now add Donald Trump. This is not a joke. This is not tolerable. This is not American. The people who enabled it by voting for this ignorant and dangerous buffoon are not welcome in my home.
This reminds me of the Great Purge of 2007-2008 when Hillary supporters were driven out of DailyKos and other progressive blogs. What is unusual here is that typically these purges take place after the Leftists win.
Now that’s a scary thought. How would all these insane Democrats be acting if Hillary had won?
OT: I have felt three separate earthquakes in the past half-hour, all located near the California-Nevada border. Apparently California is breaking away from the rest of the United States. #Calexit has started.